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Grade II listing for 1960s Leicester church

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A 1960s Roman Catholic church in Leicester has been grade II listed, Historic England has announced

The Church of St Joseph was built in 1967-8 to a design by local architect Thomas E Wilson.

Historic England, the newly formed public body which recently emerged from English Heritage following its split, singled out praise for the church’s interior which had ‘survived virtually intact’.

A statement from the organisation said: ‘[St Joseph’s] is a good example of a post-war Roman Catholic church where design and plan form express the liturgical developments that took place after the Second Vatican Council held in 1962-5.’

Historic England was also impressed with stained glass windows by designer Harry Cardross, installed in 2002.

The body of the church is built as a circular ‘drum’, 24m in diameter and built of reinforced concrete faced with Stamford stone buff brick.

A slim 24m bell tower faced with golden quartzite sits is flanked by the main entrances, which are incorporated into a glazed timber enclosure with swept copper–covered roofs. The floor of the church is Claytile and Granwood paving.

The church features a balcony made of reinforced concrete cantilever main beams with subsidiary steel beams and timber joists.

In 2000, two steps up to the altar were removed and the original altar, a rectangular block of Ancaster stone, was replaced with white stone fittings from the Chapel of the Convent Hospital in Nottingham.

Alison Kennedy, parish secretary at the church told AJ: ‘It is a nice building to work and worship in, even if it can be difficult to maintain because of the size and shape. The listing will hopefully give us some status.’

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